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Subject: Have you ever..
Date Posted: 5/9/2009 9:15 PM ET
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..read a book or series that was so good you wanted to read it over and over but don't like to.

Here's what happened, I use to love romance books (the more naughty the better) but I read the Twilight series the other day (it took all of 2 weeks to read all 4) and since then I can't seem to get interested in other books.I read 2 last week tand did not like them but I couldn't just stop halfway through.Has this ever happened to you?If so how did you solve the delima?

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 10:19 PM ET
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I've been there too, Renee. The only thing that works for me is changing genre. For instance, if I read a romance that's really well written and a hard act to follow, I'll pull a biography or history book from my TBR. The greater the difference between the two books, the less likely I am to make comparisons. :)

Good luck!

 

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 11:01 PM ET
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Sometimes I have to take a break for a few days and wait for inspiration. 

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 11:57 PM ET
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Even just alternating your sub-genres, or switching back & forth between contemporary & historical can make a big difference with burnout.  Some of the ladies here who like a lot of paranormals or erotica have to switch off occasionally.  I'm really fed up with series books myself, but it seems to be all the rage in general right now:P  I even try to find out if something new is supposed to be book 1 in a series, but I will inevitably get caught in the net on a handful of the books I buy each year.  I'm happily reading what I *think* is a standalone, and doh! - I find out it's book 1 in the blah-blah-blah series:P

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 12:36 AM ET
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yep I swtich genres or within romance..I've read some really good ones then had to snap out of the vampire mood for instance and read sometihng entirely different - either a mystery, historical(rare!), or romantic suspense. And I have to make myself switch up sometimes or I'll burn out.

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 7:43 AM ET
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But The Twilight books are not romances (are they) they are totally different from what I usually read.

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 9:03 AM ET
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Oh yes, have been there. I read Terry Prachett's Bromeliad Trilogy in almost one gulp and couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks, nothing I tried could match it so I ended up reading some of his other YA fantasies which were very, very good but not quite as awesome as the Trilogy so that helped me move on. I just read all 7 of Nancy Martin's Blackbird Sisters mysteries and they still run around in my head; in fact, I just bought all seven brand new so I'd have copies of my very own.

I call this the coming-off-a-really-great-book blues - like others here, I will try to switch genres or reread an old favorite (comfort read) and that helps with moving on. Sometimes you just have to be patient while the "high" wears off - and no one but other avid readers could understand this thing we go through. 

And Kim - I love the stand-alone books! No worries about other characters having or not having their own story, or finding out you've started book 3 or 4 of a series and didn't know it so the pressure to glom the first books can be a pain. I don't know how or why (except for almost guaranteed $$$ being spent to read all books in a series) this series phenomenon started but I've been a stand-alone fan for years; if there's a series, I think 3 is my max, enough to keep me interested but not so many to frustrate me if the quality of the books fluctuates because the author HAS to fulfill a contract. Anyhow, I'm currently hooked on Tara Janzen's "Crazy" series which negates everything I've written here. <g>   Gail

 

 

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Renee if they were different that what you usually read and you still like your usual reads I'd just give it some time or find a paranormal similar to your usual reads or whatever it was about these books that made them so appealing..and I've also gone ahead and re-read stuff! someone had a thread on the paranormal forum asking about books similar to twilight I think.

I've read books outside my usual genre(chaim potok, betty smith) and it's like being in another world - francine rivers' 'redeeming love' was teh same way. it took a bit to re-adjust but I ahd no problem going back to my usual smut!

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 9:36 AM ET
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Kim I'm getting fed up with series as well. I still have a couple I love but they are mostly mystery series. The romance ones  get out of control with the spin offs and such. Every peripheral charactar does not need their own book.  I like it when a series is kept to maybe 3 or 4 books. Or when they are so loosely connected that you don't have to read them in order and remember a large cast of characters. 

 

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 9:58 AM ET
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"coming-off-a-really-great-book blues" 

I've had this happen before but never quite knew how to explain it to others. The phrase captures the feeling very nicely, thanks pioneervalleygirl! Anyway, I've found that taking a mini-vacation from new-to-me fiction books helps. I read comfort reads and non-fiction instead. If that's not enough a few days of catching up on TV programs and not reading at all does the trick. The good news is that this unique type of blues is never permanent, so don't worry Renee, enjoy the unexpected free time and to something fun you wouldn't normally have time for.

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 5:34 PM ET
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I'm like the others - I switch up between contemporary/historical/paranormal/time travel.  Sometimes I'll even read a non-romance just to try and get myself interested again.  I've found that if I read a fantastic book, the next one I read is hard for me to get into because I'm still loving the last one I read.